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Jennifer Garner Didn't Know She Was Pretty Until College! Say What?!

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When you wake up every morning next to mega-hunk Ben Affleck, it's hard not to think you're the slightest bit attractive.

However, according to the March issue of Southern Living, Jennifer Garner didn't realize her hotness potential until later in life!

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Born in Texas and raised in West Virginia, the 42-year-old had a traditional Southern upbringing where she was taught by her mom that brains are always above beauty!

She said:

"What my mom did that I valued so much was to not place beauty high on the list of priorities … It was a shock when I got to college to hear people say I was pretty."

In addition, the Alias actress understands that life is all about how you treat others:

"I feel so fortunate to have grown up in a place where people look out for each other… Community is the one thing people crave most, and it's hard to come by. I grew up with such an excess of it that now wherever I go, the first thing I do is build my group."

However, just because she lives in LA with her husband and three children — Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 2 — she still keeps her values intact and wants to pass on these lessons to her kin:

"It's really important for my kids to see that everyone doesn't have the lives they see in Los Angeles… That doesn't reflect the rest of the world. I want them to grow up with the Southern values I had—to look at people when they say hello and to stop and smell the roses. If I could do half as good a job as my mom did, I'd be pretty happy."

Jennifer Garner is beautiful — inside and out!

[Image via Southern Living.]

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